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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jul 2, 2010 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - 7-2-95 - Did you know ...

Did you know that the band played 7-2-95 as an 'all-in benefit' for the United Way of Indianapolis and for several other local charities?? The band members spent the day of 7-2-95 giving a ceremonial big check to the city and the United way for all of the band's gross for that sold-out night (all of their take, before they covered any of their overhead costs - staff, kwipment crew, transport, etc.) as a big thank you to the area for all of the joy and good times they had in their back yard. Huge hearts of gold. How ironic! By having to cancel the second night of the stand, they basically lost money on the gig after being so generous. But they lost far more than just money - as many of us know . . . and so did we.

In case some of you have not seen this before, here is the letter the band wrote collectively to the fans - and anarchist crashers - that weekend:


This Darkness Got To Give

Dear Dead Heads:

This is the way it looks to us from the stage:

Your justly-renowned tolerance and compassion have set you up to be used. At Deer Creek, we watched many of you cheer on and help a thousand fools kick down the fence and break into the show. We can't play music and watch plywood flying around endangering people. The security and police whom those people endangered represent us, work for us -- think of them as us. You can't expect mellow security if you're throwing things at them. The saboteurs who did this can only do it if all Dead Heads allow them to. Your reputation is at stake.

Don't you get it?

Over the past thirty years we've come up with the fewest possible rules to make the difficult act of bringing tons of people together work well -- and a few thousand so-called Dead Heads ignore those simple rules and screw it up for you, us and everybody. We've never before had to cancel a show because of you. Think about it.

If you don't have a ticket, don't come. This is real. This is first a music concert, not a free-for-all party. Secondly, don't vend. Vending attracts people without tickets. Many of the people without tickets have no responsibility or obligation to our scene. They don't give a shit. They act like idiots. They think it's just a party to get as trahed as possible at. We're all supposed to be about higher consciousness, not drunken stupidity.

It's up to you as Dead Heads to educate these people, and to pressure them into acting like Dead Heads instead of maniacs. They can only get away with this crap if you let them. The old slogan is true: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Want to end the touring life of the Grateful Dead? Allow bottle-throwing gate crashers to keep on thinking they're cool anarchists instead of the creeps they are.

Want to continue it? Listen to the rules, and pressure others to do so. A few more scenes like Sunday night, and we'll quite simply be unable to play. The spirit of the Grateful Dead is at stake, and we'll do what we have to do to protect it. And when you hear somebody say "Fuck you, we'll do what we want," remember something.

That applies to us, too.

Phil, Jerry, Bobby, Mickey, Billy and Vince

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 2, 2010 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 7-2-95 - Did you know ...

A historical show for all the wrong reasons , at the very end . Sad , angry music in the second frame before drums . The sources in an odd way reflect parts of this show . None of them are very good . Each almost has its own flaws . When I first listened to this in '95 the pitch was way off . I still listened to the afore mentioned part , it's filled with passion . This may be the best source .


And to all you sneak thieves out there who think that was funny or cool ( or sadly still do ) ,
Fuck You . You're sense of entitlement effects my liberty , as rules and laws have to be made to control your behavior . Your actions make me want to vomit bile .

edit - 2nd to last sentence should read Your , not You're

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2010-07-02 20:50:30

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2010-07-02 20:53:06

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 2, 2010 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 7-2-95 - Did you know ...

surreal experience...the parking lot was overcrowded to begin with...too bad the back fence wasn't electrified...if the thunder don't get you, then the lightning will!

as far as the music, Dire Wolf and New Speedway are both pretty damn good...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 2, 2010 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 7-2-95 - Did you know ...

Wow. Never saw that before. Thanks for posting.

The big hearty "fuck you" really got to the point.

Paging Keller Williams.